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States can make quotas in PG courses for govt doctors in rural areas, not MCI, rules SC

The top court said that the Medical Council of India (MCI) regulation that barred such reservation is arbitrary and unconstitutional. 

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday held that states are empowered to make special provisions for granting quota in admissions in PG courses to government doctors serving in remote areas.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra held that states have legislative competence to make special provisions for reservation.

The top court said that the Medical Council of India (MCI) regulation that barred such reservation is arbitrary and unconstitutional.

The bench said that the MCI is a statutory body and has no power to make provisions for reservations.

The judgement was pronounced on a plea by Tamil Nadu Medical Officers Association and others contending that giving reservation benefits would encourage those working in government hospitals and in rural areas.

The bench also comprised justices Indira Banerjee, Vineet Saran, M R Shah, and Aniruddha Bose.


Also read: ‘There are unequals within SCs, STs’ — what Supreme Court said on quota sub-classification


 

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  1. Tamilnadu is interfering in all legitimate due processes and a threat to civility. They do not want NEET. They have reservation above specified 50% limit and have scant respect to federal structure. One of the most corrupt state as regard to medical admission. Though supreme court has irdered in their favor, there is one reprieve. Nobody from in-service quota qualifies NEET and majority of such seats are ploughed back to open quota in second round. Why TN objects such seats to a candidate who is willing to do rural service for prescribed years after acquiring post graduate degree? Do Government doctors need this quota? Under given situation of nepotism and corruption in the state, what is the guarantee that their service will be available in rural area even after qualufication?

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